David Wilkerson recently penned a sermon about this, and says:
…All trouble in God’s house is the result of apostasy and the forsaking of the Lord’s
commandments. “For where envying and strife is, there is
disorder and every evil work” (James 3:16).
Paul warns the brethren to “mark them which cause divisions . . .
and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). But who were these who
“caused offenses contrary to the doctrine taught?” They were
none other than a self-centered, backslidden group who “served
their own belly” (verse 18). This proves that division is caused
by proud, arrogant catering to self-interests. Paul said, “By good
words and fair speeches [they] deceive the hearts of the simple
(unsuspecting)” (verse 18). Those who are soft on sin, overlooking
evil deeds and crying unity, are the real divisionists. The true
body of Christ has never been nor ever will be divided. Those in
holy union with Christ are already united to each other. Sin is
Paul and Silas were brought before the magistrates of the city of
Philippi, having been accused of “exceedingly troubling” the city
(Acts 16:20). They were beaten and cast into prison as a result
of the trouble they had caused. What was this exceeding great
trouble? Paul and Silas had cast a fortune-telling spirit out of a
damsel who had “brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.
… And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was
gone, they caught Paul and Silas” (Acts 16:16 and 19).
When self-interest is threatened in any way, the cry goes up,
“Troublemakers! Division! Threat to unity!” Paul and Silas had
uncovered a religious con game, a demonic deception under the
guise of religion. It was a very profitable scheme for a select few
who knew how to manipulate undiscerning crowds. What raised
the cry, “Division”? It was a revival of cleansing. Those who
accused Paul and Silas of causing dissension had ulterior
motives and they refused the call to repent and walk in holiness.
God, give us more troublers of Israel who are not afraid to stand
up against religious hypocrisy and disobedience!